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    [post_content] => The following field note is a journal entry written during our time in Sampela (7-29-16) by Rachel Kennedy.

Today I went scavenging with my mom, dad and younger sister. We rode the 30 minutes out to Hoga in relative silence. The empty space left by our innability to have copious amounts of communication was filled by the humming sound of my father’s motor. My father dropped me, Ibu and Lily off in the low tide and went to go net fish. I wasn’t quite sure what kind of fishing I’d be doing prior to the excertion, but I’m so glad it was scavenging! It was relaxing, interesting and came with low expectations of my abilities. My Ibu was happy to let me try and fail at pulling up sea cucumbers.

I hopped of my dad’s boat to immediately see Lily picking up purple and orange sea urchins with short spikes, putting them into a large bowl she carried. I wandered off to my mother for a short period of time, in which she handed me a pretty shell (white with orange speckles) and said, “untuk kamu.” Lily was me marching behind small and mighty, she’s a shy girl who makes you want to earn her smile. I looked back at her bending down to scower for sea urchins. She had a purpose and knew she was good at deciphering what to pick up. I went back to help her and began to learn what to grab based on a pointing and picking up game I initiated. As we got close to Hoga, my mom used a stick (possibly from the magroves) and began digging out sea cucumbers. She used her index and middle fingers on one hand as the other stabbed the stick intot he earth to force the cucumbers out. Since I wasn’t doing much successful scavenging, Lily gave me the bowl of creatures and I knelt down to receive each urchin they passed up. Lily would frequently reach down in the sand to meet her mothers hands in an attempt to take over the hunt for the sea cucumber. Her mom would playfully bantor with her, they fell into laughing fits twice. Everything I’ve seen my mother do has been with conviction; she just knows what she’s doing. Watching her dig deeper into the sand with a wooden stick carved at the end looked natural. Later on the boat, I watched her roll out the sea cucumber. Her hands looked even and familiar with every motion. Lily and I were warned not to touch the poisonous urchin. I couldn’t figure out how they knew which parts of the sand to plow into, but my mom helped me through fishing out several sea cucumbers. She made the inital strike and then stuck a hand in and motioned to me, “ini”. I grabbed the beginning of the root, she pushed the stick up and down to help me navigate to the end of the body. We eventually made our way back to Bapak’s boat, he’d caught some fish. Lily loved getting the roots, she would moan and groan and then cheer herself on when she got one to emerge. At seven, she was already doing this pretty independetly. She got one maybe two sea cucumbers completely on her own. On the boat my mom began to make small slits in the cucs. She showed me how to roll out the intestines. After I did that, she’d skin it and cut it open. After a rinse, she diced them and I was invited to eat them with rice on the way back to Sampela.

 
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The Lost Field Note of Sampela

Rachel Kennedy,SUMMER: Indonesia

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The following field note is a journal entry written during our time in Sampela (7-29-16) by Rachel Kennedy. Today I went scavenging with my mom, dad and younger sister. We rode the 30 minutes out to Hoga in relative silence. The empty space left by our innability to have copious amounts of communication was filled […]

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08/9/16

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Rachel Kennedy

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    [post_content] => With great aplomb, I'm thrilled to announce that the Indonesia group has arrive back in LAX. Participants are currently clearing customs and immigration and picking up their bags before catching connecting flights onward. It has been a truly incredible program, and from all accounts it was one of the highlights among all of our summer courses. Participants will be getting in touch with you directly, but feel free to reach out if we can help with the transition.

Best,

Justin
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Indonesia Arrival

Justin Kiersky,SUMMER: Indonesia

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With great aplomb, I’m thrilled to announce that the Indonesia group has arrive back in LAX. Participants are currently clearing customs and immigration and picking up their bags before catching connecting flights onward. It has been a truly incredible program, and from all accounts it was one of the highlights among all of our summer courses. […]

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08/9/16

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Justin Kiersky

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Dear Family and Friends of Augo, Marka, Natalie, Mel, Sean, Rachel, Jake, Lydia, Carlyn, Anna, Kayla, and Fiona,

As our students can attest, I’m a fan of the field of positive psychology. In his book on gratitude, Robert Emmons argues that although we often consider gratitude as a feeling or emotion, it is actually most effectively embodied as expressed action. He writes:

First, gratitude is acknowledgment of goodness in one's own life. In gratitude we say yes to life. We affirm that all things have taken together, life is good and has elements that make it worth living. The acknowledgement that we have received something gratifies us, either by its presence or by the effort the giver went to in choosing it. Second, gratitude is recognizing that the source(s) of this goodness lie at least partially outside the self. The object of gratitude is other-directed…Thanks are directed outward to the giver of gifts.

In reflecting on our trip, we want to express that even though you were not with us in physically, you were still one of the most important factors in the experience. You were a deep “source of goodness” outside of our collective group-self. Thank you for sharing your loved ones with us for the past 6 weeks. For Lindsay, Rita, and I, they have come to be our loved ones too.

Each day we were overwhelmed by their engagement and enthusiasm for the experience. They faced every challenge as a learning opportunity and embodied a mindset of positivity from arrival to our tearful goodbyes. They worked together harmoniously and still created space for introspection and community engagement. I wish we could take credit for the successes of the trip, but we were dealt an amazing hand. It was from your years of love, struggle, and support that helped create a deck of aces; all we had to do was host the card game.

Thank you for nurturing such lovely human beings.

Aaron, Lindsay, and Rita

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Gratitude for Family and Friends

Aaron Slosberg,SUMMER: Indonesia

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Dear Family and Friends of Augo, Marka, Natalie, Mel, Sean, Rachel, Jake, Lydia, Carlyn, Anna, Kayla, and Fiona, As our students can attest, I’m a fan of the field of positive psychology. In his book on gratitude, Robert Emmons argues that although we often consider gratitude as a feeling or emotion, it is actually most […]

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08/9/16

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Aaron Slosberg

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    [post_content] => Hi Everyone,

Here is a slideshow from our trip. I'm not sure if YouTube will decide to take it down because of music copyright issues, so watch it while you can:)

https://youtu.be/MB8VJozl4WI

Best,

Aaron
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Slideshow

Aaron Slosberg,SUMMER: Indonesia

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Hi Everyone, Here is a slideshow from our trip. I’m not sure if YouTube will decide to take it down because of music copyright issues, so watch it while you can:) Best, Aaron

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08/9/16

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Aaron Slosberg

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    [post_content] => The student group has passed through security at the Jogja airport where they will soon be boarding their flight to Jakarta and eventually onward to Hong Kong and LA. Lindsay will be with the group until LA where students will say their final goodbyes and board connecting flights. It has been an incredible 6 weeks and we are all filled with mixed emotions in saying farewell to each other and Indonesia.
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Students headed home!

Instructors,SUMMER: Indonesia

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The student group has passed through security at the Jogja airport where they will soon be boarding their flight to Jakarta and eventually onward to Hong Kong and LA. Lindsay will be with the group until LA where students will say their final goodbyes and board connecting flights. It has been an incredible 6 weeks and we […]

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08/8/16

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Instructors

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My father at home (hi Dad!) wakes up early in the morning, reads the newspaper, and tells me about “what’s going on in the world” when I get up for school. My father in Sampela wakes up early too, but by the time I get up he is long gone, off fishing. He speaks no English, and I don’t think my Bahasa Indonesia will be good enough to discuss current events anytime soon. I thought before this trip that I would struggle so much to connect with my families, especially ones like my family in Sampela who have never hosted a foreigner before me. They won’t speak any English, I worried, and how will I bond with an Indonesian fisherman? But what I’ve learned is to be comfortable with silence and an unspoken connection. When my dad and I do spend time together, it is sitting on the front porch of our stilted house looking over the tiny boardwalks and houses and ocean while I watch him make goggles. (There’s another difference - my father in America can’t make goggles, I don’t think.) The sun sets, and I sit on the porch. My father next to me chips away at a tiny piece of glass, making sure I don’t get too close to where the little shards are. I watch as he pushes it into the wooden goggle frame he carved yesterday, and he burns a bit of string on his cigarette, ties the two eye pieces together, and holds it up to my face to see if it will fit well. Every now and then I will pick my best vocabulary words and piece together a question – “when are you going fishing tomorrow?” He smiles and takes out his cigarette to reply with a sentence too fast for me to understand. The sky lights up cotton candy pink and the ocean glows and reflects it up from underneath, and the glass crunches under my father’s machete as he shapes it.

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Bapak

Marka Ellertson,SUMMER: Indonesia

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My father at home (hi Dad!) wakes up early in the morning, reads the newspaper, and tells me about “what’s going on in the world” when I get up for school. My father in Sampela wakes up early too, but by the time I get up he is long gone, off fishing. He speaks no […]

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08/7/16

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Marka Ellertson

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Sometimes at home I hear stories about how hard it is for people in “other places,” vaguely desert-y hot “other places,” to get water to drink. I hear stories about how women and young girls will have to spend half the day going to a water source to bring it back for their families, again and again and again. But when I hear about these “other places” I don’t think about a community that lives over the ocean, surrounded by water on all sides and below.

We went for a sunrise snorkel this morning, and when I got back to my family’s home salty and tired at 8:30 I was imagining a quiet morning with my family. My sister, however, asked if I wanted to come with her to the closest island and I agreed without hesitation. Some of the boats in Sampela have motors, and some have tiny sails, but ours doesn’t have either – the 2 foot wide by 15 foot wooden canoe had to be paddled with tiny wooden oars. My sister Hawa put me in the front of the canoe, and proceeded to load in piles and piles of plastic jugs. Some were cracked or broken, some were missing lids, but as many as could fit in the canoe we loaded up. Eventually, with a pile of 15 big bottles and 20 small ones between us, our tiny ship set off to sea.

I don’t think I helped much in the paddling. We navigated under boardwalks and around houses, Hawa steering behind me as my little paddle splashed in the ocean and then back in the boat while I ducked under a low hanging plastic tube. The white tubes run along many of the boardwalks here, one of 3 or 4 government attempts to bring running water to the town, all of which have been unsuccessful. We eventually made it to the open sea, and the waves began to splash and rock our little boat. I felt so unstable in the canoe – every little movement to one side or another felt to me like we were about to tip over, and I didn’t want to be the one to send us spalshing into the ocean. But Hawa seemed unfazed still – only 17, she doesn’t go to school anymore and instead spends her days doing this. Behind me I could hear her singing as I tried my best to row.

We reached the market after 20 minutes or so, and I saw how we were going to fill up our water jugs. If there was much of a market however I didn’t see it – neither Hawa nor I ever stepped on the shore. We waited behind another boat and then got hold of the plastic water tap, which dripped the world’s slowest trickle into the water containers as we filled them one at a time for nearly an hour, trying our best to keep them from spilling out before we could seal them. Then finally, all the containers full, we paid and paddled back to our house in Sampela, a kilometer or so from the closest shore.

The amount of water we unloaded from the canoe seemed to me to be enough to last for ages. At home, water just comes pouring out of a tap and streaming right back into a drain – rarely do I look at exactly the amount I will need to use in a day. Minutes after unloading it all again, Hawa helped me do my laundry, and I saw exactly how much we needed: one and a half of the small kind. All that water, I realized, would be gone in a day or two, and Hawa would set right back out, paddling off again to refill.

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Getting Water in the Sea

Marka Ellertson,Best Notes From The Field, SUMMER: Indonesia

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08/7/16

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Marka Ellertson

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    [post_content] => Dear Indonesia Students & Families,

Indonesia summer program students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for your reference:

August 9th, 2016

Cathay Pacific #798

Depart: Jakarta (CGK) 12:10 AM

Arrive: Hong Kong (HKG) 5:55 AM

 

August 9th, 2016

Cathay Pacific #898

Depart: Hong Kong (HKG) 9:30 AM

Arrive: Los Angeles (LAX) 7:55 AM

Should you need any assistance during student travel days, please call our Admin cell phone for assistance: 303-921-6078, or email: update@wheretherebedragons.com.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Dragons Administration
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Return Travel Information

Eva Vanek,SUMMER: Indonesia

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Dear Indonesia Students & Families, Indonesia summer program students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for your reference: August 9th, 2016 Cathay Pacific […]

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08/4/16

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Eva Vanek

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    [post_content] => From the moment we arrived, our eyes were filled with the vibrant blue of the sparkling sea that encased the Bajo village of Sampela. Life there revolves around the ocean due to the multitude of supplies that it can provide; access to fish, a method of transportation and a place to call home. The houses are built on stilts that stands on a coral flat between Hoja and Kaledupa. The Indonesian government has willed them to abandon their nomadic tendencies so they have had the time to build up coral islands that scatter the village. The maze of about 400 houses are connected by unreliable boardwalks that stretch over the series of canals and rivers of fish below. As you take a mandi or drink tea in the kitchen, you can look down to see schools of fish swimming idly by. We spent our time exploring the surfaced Atlantis, reading as our families carries out their daily activities, or fishing in the mesmerizing paradise of reef that circled around the village.

Every morning we would walk to Andar's, Dragon's contact in Samela, house to pick up our breakfast of  nasi goreng, fried rice, and delur, egg, wrapped in wax paper. Occasually, donuts bought from women who come from Kaledupa would be waiting for us. They were delicious, but the margarine that was used as an unsuccessful replacement of frosting is not a recipe I would like to replicate in the States. I would carry home my meal to eat in the doorway of my house and watch my six year old sister, Selsie, trot off to school in the uniform that changed daily. A typical morning cold also include a sunrise snorkel. I loved the three times that we did this for you could look down to be overwhelmed by a blue oasis splattered with bursts of color ans the morning light reflected off of the rainbow scales of the fish below. The world below was only half the beauty for if you tilted your head up, your eyes would be infiltrated by the explosion of orange and pink that stretched out like tenticals from the wall of gray clouds that sat on the horizon.

Each day, we would do an activity where we had the unique opportunity to learn more about the intricate place in which we resided. The lessons varied from talks with the LGBT community, shamans, fishermen, and other interesting professions or qualities that the people here contain. I, along with everyone else, wasn't able to go to every one for our families would want to take up spear, net , or line fishing. My dad was a spear fisherman so we would go to a drop off and he would dive down just a few (sarcasm for the people here have an amazing ability to dive to depths of up to 23 meters) feet and spear beautiful parrot fish. I would float along the surface and attempt to catch small tropical fish that happened to swim by.

At night we would sit on the dock with the thousands of children that always appear to watch the heavenly sunset. After, I would attempt to walk home for I lost my head lamp and had to memorize where the missing parts of the board walk were so I wouldn't fall into the sea below. I slept with my sister and we would always be joined by 5 or 6 cats.

To say the least, our experience was incredible and we are all excited to share our stories and pictures with our friends and family.
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Sampela

Carlyn Hanson,Best Notes From The Field, SUMMER: Indonesia

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From the moment we arrived, our eyes were filled with the vibrant blue of the sparkling sea that encased the Bajo village of Sampela. Life there revolves around the ocean due to the multitude of supplies that it can provide; access to fish, a method of transportation and a place to call home. The houses […]

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    [post_content] => Dear Indonesia Students & Families,

Indonesia summer program students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for your reference:

August 9th, 2016

Cathay Pacific #798

Depart: Jakarta (CGK) 12:10 AM

Arrive: Hong Kong (HKG) 5:55 AM

 

August 9th, 2016

Cathay Pacific #898

Depart: Hong Kong (HKG) 9:30 AM

Arrive: Los Angeles (LAX) 7:55 AM

Should you need any assistance during student travel days, please call our Admin cell phone for assistance: 303-921-6078, or email: update@wheretherebedragons.com.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Dragons Administration
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Eva Vanek,SUMMER: Indonesia

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Dear Indonesia Students & Families, Indonesia summer program students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for your reference: August 9th, 2016 Cathay Pacific […]

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07/26/16

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Eva Vanek

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